Welcome to Auckland Wine Trail Tours, voted New Zealand's Best Wine Tours in the 2010, 2012 & 2013 "TravellerVoted Awards" and winner of TripAdvisor's "Certificate Of Excellence" in 2012 & 2013.
We are the original Auckland wine tasting tour offering you Auckland's most experienced specialist wine guide on our small group, usually 4 to 8 people, personalised, Day & Half Day wine tours. 100% NZ owned & operated.

Our tours visit wineries & vineyards in the Kumeu, Huapai & Waimauku (West Coast) wine area and the Matakana (East Coast) region.

About Our Awards

In August 2010, 2012 & 2013 tourism web site 'Rankers' announced it's "TravellerVoted" Awards. These awards are decided on by tourists entering reviews and ranking their experiences. We are delighted to have been voted winners of "Best Wine Tour In New Zealand" category three times now and thank all our guests who entered their reviews.

We are also delighted to have been awarded a 'TripAdvisor' "Certificate Of Excellence" for 2012 & 2013. An award which also rewards the consistent top ratings of our reviews from our customers... many thanks to everyone for their great comments!

These days travellers rely greatly on the reviews & comments of others on various web sites. I trust you'll be assured of both the quality of our service and the wineries we visit if you take a look at our reviews.

Look here to see more reviews of our tours, make sure to come back!

Chosen by Wine Spectator...
"...of all the wine tours I've had this is one of the most memorable, unsurpassed..."
Elizabeth Ferrer, Wine Spectator Magazine, New York

Individual visitors and small groups with limited time can relax in our comfortable, modern, minicoach and enjoy New Zealand's wines and spectacular sightseeing on a personally customised, guided wine tasting tour to some of the Auckland region's finest vineyards.

" ...the best wine tasting tour I've had..."
Anthony Paul Arizabal, San Francisco

"...definitely the best day we had in New Zealand..."
Caroline Freier, Great Britain

"...I shall recommend to all I know..."
Mo Georges, Great Britain

See the rolling hills of our rural countryside, the wild West Coast's Tasman Sea or the Pacific East Coast, talk to the winemakers & sample their wines. Enjoy a delicious main course, open menu, vineyard restaurant lunch (lunch included in all day tours).

Purchase your favourite wines at true cellar door prices at some of New Zealand's top, international medal winning, vineyards.
Most tours have no minimum number requirement. All tours include central city door to door service, airport drop off at small extra charge, flexible schedules and advice on duty limits and shipping wine overseas.

" ...perfect end to two great weeks in New Zealand..."
Ursula Stonquist, Sweden

"...my best New Zealand memory..."
Kumiko Nakata, Japan

"...thanks for making it so personal..."
Jean Valentine, Diablo, USA

Cruise Ship Wine Tours
We have taken many people on our wine tasting tours who are visiting Auckland on a cruise. We realise ships offer shore excursions but we believe a local, specialist, guide and a small group tour is much better value... and our prices, in NZ$$, are better value too! You're picked up depending on where your ship ties up; on the steps of the Hilton Hotel on Prince's Wharf (click here for diagram) or Shed 10 on Queen's Wharf (click here for diagram) or your city hotel, and returned there (on time or a little early!) after your tour.

Tour pick up/departure & return times can be arranged to suit your ship's schedule and we guarantee to get you back on time!

Regional Differences
To help you select your tour here is a brief explanation of the differences between the two main regions we visit, Auckland's West Coast, Kumeu, Huapai & Waimauku area and the East Coast's Matakana...

West Coast
This is where NZ's wine industry was founded by pioneering settlers from the Mediterranean coast of Croatia over 100 years ago. It is an area steeped in local wine history and features many heritage wineries.
Wineries in this region source grapes from their own local vineyards in the West Auckland area as well as New Zealand's other grape growing regions including Marlborough & Central Otago in the South Island and Hawke's Bay & Gisborne in the North Island.
This means they have a wide range of different types of grapes growing in optimum conditions (soil types and climates) from which they produce a wide variety of wine types, this is what we call the "New Zealand wide wine tasting experience".
There is a wide selection of large, long established, wineries and small to medium sized boutique wineries. With the most experienced wine tour guide we customise your tour to your tastes and interests.

East Coast
Matakana, North East of Auckland, is one of New Zealand's newest and smallest wine areas. All the wineries of Matakana are small, 'boutique', producers growing a wide selection of grapes on their own local 'estate' vineyards including NZ's only Carmenere and our only winery making exclusively Sangiovese & Dolcetto. There is also Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Voignier, Syrah (Shiraz), Cab' Sav', Merlot, Malbec, Cab' Franc, Pinotage & Pinot Noir.

Pacific Ocean views, rivers, beaches & bays, beautiful countryside plus the option of a range of interesting side trips feature along the way.

Tour Selection

One of our most popular day tours!
9.30am to approx’ 5.00pm

Perfect if you don’t have time for separate activities...combine a morning of spectacular city views, rainforest, waterfalls & black-sand beach sightseeing with a superb winery restaurant lunch & tastings
(included) and an afternoon indulging your tastebuds with wine tasting at a selection of three West Coast wineries...


Day or Half Day wine & scenery options
Day Tour NZ$245pp ALL INCLUSIVE* 9.45am to approx' 5.00pm Half Day a.m. or p.m. NZ$115pp*

Morning or Afternoon or Day Tour options. Amazing variety of excellent wines inc' our world famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah & Malbec. A mix of NZ classics & rarities.
Day Tour includes superb winery restaurant lunch.

Day Tour inc' wines, cheese, chocolate, scenery, honey, art...
NZ$255pp ALL INCLUSIVE* 9.30am to approx' 5.00pm

The Matakana area is one of Auckland's best kept secrets... excellent boutique wineries making exclusive, unique wines most only available at these cellar doors. Tour includes 4 wineries, vineyard platter lunch, cheese, chocolate, honey tasting, giant trees, art pottery opportunities...

Our "Best-Of-Both-Worlds" Day Tour!
NZ$255pp ALL INCLUSIVE* 9.30am to approx' 5.00pm

Perfect if you can't decide between West or East Coast tours...
combine them! In the morning you visit 2 West Coast wineries & the Tasman Sea, then enjoy a cross-country drive to the East Coast for vineyard platter lunch & tastings followed by 2 'boutique' Matakana wineries in the afternoon. A great contrast of large and small wineries & wine styles...


City sights, winery tour/tastings/lunch
Half Day NZ$145pp ALL INCLUSIVE* 9.30am to approx' 1.15pm
Day Tour NZ$245pp* 9.30am to 5.00pm

Morning Tour focusses on Villa Maria with a winery tour, wine tasting & platter lunch. On the way you have spectacular 360 deg' city & ocean views from top of "One-Tree- Hill" in historic, farm-like, Cornwall Park. Return to the city or complete your afternoon with tastings at a selection of three West Coast wineries on the Day Tour.

*All prices valid to Sept 30 2012

We also extend our specialised service to Large Groups. Getting out of the city and relaxing on a wine tasting tour is a great idea for an out-of-the-office 'Team Building' activity, we have catered for corporate functions, conference delegates & partners, social club outings, anniversaries and family celebrations.
We can create a half or full day tour, customised to your group's specific requirements for almost any social event.
Click here to find out more about our 'Large Groups' tours

'Some of the places we can take you':

soljans.co.nz   nobilo.co.nz   matua.co.nz   westbrook.co.nz
cooperscreek.co.nz   twintotara.co.nz   villamaria.co.nz   hallertau.co.nz ransomwines.co.nz   heronsflight.co.nz   brickbay.co.nz plumerestaurant.co.nz   hyperion-wines.co.nz   ascensionvineyard.co.nz omahabay.co.nz   mahurangiriver.co.nz   morrisandjames.co.nz honeycentre.com   puhoivalley.co.nz   chocolatebrown.co.nz

Other places of interest:

winesofnz.com   turangacreek.co.nz   puririhills.co.nz   rannach.co.nz

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